ANAHEIM -- Angels right fielder Torii Hunter left Friday's game against the Dodgers in the third inning after suffering a left hand contusion. Hunter was struck hard on the hand by a Hiroki Kuroda pitch in the second inning, but remained in the game until the beginning of the third. He was sent for precautionary X-rays, which came back negative, but manager Mike Scioscia said Hunter would also undergo a CT scan to be safe. "He's a little sore. ... We'll evaluate tomorrow and see what the doctors tell us." Scioscia said.
The nine-time Gold Glover, who is hitting .239 on the season with eight home runs and 39 RBIs, ran into another injury -- literally -- just over a week ago. Hunter missed last weekend's series against the Dodgers in Los Angeles because of a bruised rib he suffered from hitting the outfield wall on a catch against the Marlins on June 22. He had played in all 76 of the Angels' games this season prior to that injury. Hunter was replaced in right field by Vernon Wells. Alberto Callaspo entered the game in Hunter's place, with the Angels slotting him at third base. Maicer Izturis moved from third to second, while Howard Kendrick went from second to Wells' spot in left.